Entries by Jennifer Bastien

It’s that time of year again…

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is here! {http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/} This Saturday and Sunday, the literary world turns its spotlight onto our sunny city for a weekend, and USC’s campus will be overrun by book lovers, booksellers, book writers, and all the other book people you can think of. We’ll be there, of course, holding down the […]

Mas Arai Mysteries sale!

You’re familiar with crotchety amateur detective Mas Arai, from our beloved author Naomi Hirahara‘s mystery series, and now she’s created a new sleuth to love, bicycle cop Ellie Rush. To celebrate the April 1 publication of Murder on Bamboo Lane: An Officer Ellie Rush Mystery (Berkley), ebooks of Mas Arai Mysteries Blood Hina and Strawberry Yellow are going on sale […]

Tucson or Bust

Coming up this weekend, Tucson, AZ is the place to be for two days of panels, signings, workshops, good food, and more, all to support Arizona literacy programs. It’s the 6th annual Tucson Festival of Books at the University of Arizona. We’ll be stuck in LA following the #TFOB hashtag on Twitter and eagerly awaiting the […]

Daunted by Holiday Cooking? Jennie Cook is Here to Help

Your nephew’s girlfriend’s brother Gary is invited to your holiday dinner, and he’s a vegan. Your parents want a traditional meat dish. And your cousin’s kid is gluten-intolerant. Daunted? We all face these challenges at our holiday tables, but help is here. Longtime L.A. caterer Jennie Cook is an expert at making delicious food for […]

Congratulations to our authors Christine Moore and Naomi Hirahara

Congratulations to all the finalists of the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association book awards, and especially our very own Little Flower cookbook by Christine Moore and Strawberry Yellow, a Mas Arai mystery by Naomi Hirahara. We are thrilled! Previous Prospect Park Books nominations include Helen of Pasadena for Best Fiction in 2011, Celebrating with Julienne and Eat: Los Angeles for Best Nonfiction in 2009, and Hometown […]

The Texas Twist at Vroman’s Bookstore

You’ve heard rumbles and murmurs about a slimmery scammer named Radar Hoverlander and his band of merry misfits, and now we can make it official. xWHAT HAPPENS WHEN A CON ARTIST GETS CONNED?Join us to launch our rip-roaring summer crime caper: The Texas Twist, a new novel by John Vorhaus that answers the question WHAT […]

PPB at the Festival of Books

Headed to the LA Times Festival of Books this weekend? Prospect Park Books will be holding down the fort at booth 63 with our good friends from Harvard Common Press this Saturday and Sunday April 20-21. We are so excited to take part in this event-filled weekend, where hundreds of publishers, booksellers, and literary organizations will […]

Naomi Hirahara at the Japanese American National Museum

Continuing our monthlong strawberry obsession, author Naomi Hirahara will be at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles this Saturday, March 30,  to discuss Strawberry Yellow in the context of her Japanese American background. They’ve done a great preview of the event over on Discover Nikkei. Naomi’s reminiscences of spending time eating frozen strawberries in […]

Notes From a Cookbook Photo Shoot & Beyond

Last Wednesday I was lucky enough to help out  at a photo shoot for our upcoming fall cookbook Who Wants Seconds? by caterer extraordinaire Jennie Cook. The book will be filled with Jennie’s whimsical illustrations as an avid visual journaler. However, anticipating the demands of food-porn-hungry readers (myself included) we enlisted the help of amazing food […]